Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than all the Macs they sold in 28 years

“Tim Cook on the 55 million iPads sold to date: ‘This 55 is something no one would have guessed. Including us. To put it in context, it took us 22 years to sell 55 million Macs. It took us about 5 years to sell 22 million iPods, and it took us about 3 years to sell that many iPhones. And so, this thing is, as you said, it’s on a trajectory that’s off the charts.'” Horace Deidu reports for Asymco.

“That gave me an idea,” Deidu reports. “The iOS platform as a whole reached 316 million cumulative units at the end of last year. The iOS platform overtook the OS X platform in under four years and more iOS devices were sold in 2011 (156 million) than all the Macs ever sold (122 million).”

Read more and see the graph in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

40 Comments

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    1. Honestly, I think MS has been “beleagurered” since 2009-2010 when the iOS wave started roaring & Apple blew past Microsoft.

      MS is so tied to carrying “baggage” code for old applications & systems that it has totally resisted cutting the cord until finally now when Win 8 ships. It will supposedly eliminate legacy apps and adopt more of Apple’s app store type approach.

      You can’t lead if you play catchup.

      1. God yes, all that code to support 5.25″ floppies, 3.5″ floppies, SCSI, Centronix, parallel, serial, VGA, all manner of hardware dongles, drivers for devices from mfrs that are no longer in existence, GPIB, HPIL, PlaysForSure, DR-DOS, MS-DOS, GEM, S-100, SS-50, Cromemco Dazzlers; shoot, the list goes on and on…

        1. We shake our heads and laugh at that list, Jeff, but just yesterday, a friend who works in a Windows environment, complained that her replacement Windows laptop doesn’t have a VGA connection for her external monitor.

          That’s the kind of expectation Microsoft has created for itself, with its strategy of decades-long backward compatibility.

          “Please Sir, may I have another, *Oof!* I like our strategy. I like it a lot.”
          “Please Sir, may I have another, *Oof!* I like our strategy. I like it a lot.”
          “Please Sir, may I have another, *Oof!* I like our strategy. I like it a lot.”

    2. I calculate it to be StarDate(Now()) + (2 * the date when Ballmer takes his own life in shame) – The date when Gates sends Ninja Assassins after Ballmer / the death of Android

      Which equals October 5, 2015

    3. The enterprise market which has long been a saving market share grace for Microsoft now becomes an albatross holding them back with the current rapid changes in consumer space and enterprise is anything BUT rapid. Hard to have it both ways. Apple doesn’t worry about it being a primarily consumer driven company with enterprise a distant second concern.

      1. Very true; but MDN hasn’t bestowed the official ‘Beleaguered’ status on M$ & Windoze when reporting news stories, like it does when it reports about RIM. Apple actually is making headway in the enterprise market via iPad & iPhone; hopefully iMacs will be next. I don’t think Macs will ever be a significant percentage of the server market though. Linix will probably rule there. My $0.02 🙂

    4. It’s hard to pinpoint, but by my calculations, MS became beleaguered the day Ballmer took over. It would have happened anyway, but he certainly sped up the process. Bless his chair throwing heart.

  1. You can probably add all the Apple II, Apple III, and Lisa computers sold by Apple to the Mac number, and it would still be less than the number of iOS devices sold in 2011.

  2. Interesting numbers but considering that an iPad (not counting iPhones and iPods) is at least half the price of a typical Mac and with other factors, you would not call this an Apples to Apples comparison.

    1. Many of us long-term Apple Fellows have invested amidst the sinusoidal term. To us, Apple’s financial presence ablates all other comparisons, however odious.

      Simply put, the long-suffering have arrived.

      And then some.

  3. F-antastic number of iOS’s sold
    U-nbelievable that it surpassed the Mac’s numbers
    C-an the Mac ever catch up with the release of OSX8?
    K-all me krazy but I doubt it

    (grammar police please?) 🙂

  4. These numbers positively confirm that the iDevice phenomenon is not driven by Mac/Apple-heads__ it is being driven by people who would never have touched a Mac even three or four years ago.

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